In The Arts

Arin Contemporary new in North Laguna

Arin Contemporary Art has opened at 350 to 352 N. Coast Hwy. in the location formerly occupied by Whitney Gallery. Whitney has moved to 305 Forest Ave.

Gallery owner Naomi Arin owned Dust Gallery and then Naomi Arin Contemporary Art in Las Vegas for the past seven years.

Arin's inaugural exhibition is "Escape," new work by New York artist Rob Wynne, including word works created out of poured glass and meticulously created bead drawings using vellum and string. Wynne has exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the world and is collected by foremost art institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and collections in Paris.

Most recently his poured glass word pieces were chosen for permanent exhibition at the Christian Dior Flagship store in Paris.

Arin's gallery program will include works by James Rieck, Venske and Spänle, Damien Hirst, Ruud Von Empel, Anish Kapoor, Jeffrey Gibson, Curtis Fairman, James Gobel, Patrick Nickell, Polly Apfelbaum, Sheila Pepe, Nir Hod and Bradley Corman, among many others.

Exhibitions will rotate every eight weeks, and continually changing inventory of emerging and established international artists will also be offered.

Beginning in November, the gallery will present a monthly talk on issues relevant to collecting contemporary art and strategies for building a personal and/ or corporate art collection.

For more information, visit

Film Society to screen 'Imagine This'

The Laguna Beach Film Society will show the documentary "Imagine This" at 7 p.m. Thursday at South Coast Cinema, 162 S. Coast Hwy.

The film follows the 24-mile, seven-hour journey of school children from a village in the Andes Mountains to go to school and the efforts of the filmmakers to improve their lives by giving them a bio-diesel bus.

Hindered by unpredictable rain storms, a language barrier and limited resources, the team has one week to change the lives of the children of this small mountain community.

The event is free to Film Society members, $20 for others and includes movie ticket and pre-film reception.

Admission to screening only is $15.

For more information, call (949) 494-8971.

New gallery on Latin American art

Salt Fine Art, a Latin American gallery, will open Oct. 1 at 1492 S. Coast Hwy., Suite 3 with an inaugural exhibit of works from masters and emerging artists, including Ana Mercedes Hoyos, Ronald Moran and Mayra Barraza; Rafael Varela, José Rodriguez, Ocatvio Arosemena, Marco Valencia, Luis Cornejo; and Ana Zamora and Jaime Izaguirre

On Oct. 3, a grand opening celebration will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. with a presentation from MOOLA curator Idurre Alonso, margaritas, mojitos, taquitos and ceviche, with music from DJ Pancho.

For more information, call (917) 957-3387 or visit

Jazz diva performs Wednesday

Jazz vocalist Karen Gallinger will be presented by Laguna Beach Live! in Jazz Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Gallinger will be joined by Tom Zink on keyboards, Chris Wabich on drums and Todd Johnson on bass.

Considered one of Southern California's finest jazz singers, Gallinger is also a gifted composer and lyricist.

She currently headlines regularly in and around the Southern California area and has appeared at concerts, festivals and nightclubs in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Gallinger started her jazz career in 1975 by performing with guitarist Tony Verheyen.

She has opened for such notables as Tony Bennett, Toni Tennille and Kenny Rankin, and also played the lead in the 1996 musical "Is It Just Me or Is It Hot in Here."

In the 1990s, Gallinger was the featured vocalist with the John Parker Big Band Tribute to Duke Ellington, an all star band which included veteran jazz masters Buddy Collette and Plas Johnson.

The performance will take place in the Rose Garden of the Hotel Laguna, 425 S. Coast Hwy.

Cover charge is $10 with drinks and food available for purchase.

Doors open at 5:15 p.m.; reservations for four or more may be made by calling (949) 715-9713.

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Sawdust offers weekend workshops

Sawdust Art Festival's 2009 Autumn Art two-day weekend workshops include glass blowing classes, painting in acrylics and oils, fabric collage, mixed media collage, watercolor painting and printmaking.

Workshops at the Sawdust grounds provide one-on-one instruction with local professional artists and fees include all materials and supplies needed.

Workshops take place on the weekends Saturday through Oct. 4.

Class space is limited. To register or for more information, call (949) 497-0516 or e-mail or visit

OsCene accepting submissions

Laguna Art Museum is currently accepting submissions from Orange County and Long Beach artists working in all media for OsCene 2010, which will run from Feb. 20 to May 16 at the museum.

OsCene 2010 will be curated by Grace Kook-Anderson, curator of exhibitions at Laguna Art Museum.

The deadline for submissions is noon Sept. 28.

OsCene is a survey exhibition drawn from artists working in all media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, multi-media installations, video, architecture, performance and design.

The survey will focus on artists based in Orange County and Long Beach.

Artists who have an ongoing presence within the county, but may not live in the region and commute, are encouraged to submit, such as employees, university faculty and students (university seniors or graduate students are welcome).

Work produced within the last two years will be considered.

OsCene 2004 was the first survey of Orange County artists in more than 20 years. The museum received more than 400 submissions. Curators from Laguna Art Museum conducted nearly 100 studio visits and then 40 artists were selected.

Interested artists should submit a resume, an artist statement, materials in any format that best presents the work such as print-outs, CDs, or DVDs, and a self-addressed envelope with enough postage for the return of materials

Artists should not send original artwork.

Materials should be sent to Laguna Art Museum, Attention: Grace Kook-Anderson, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

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